Cloud-native Geospatial is a new way of working with spatial data that is centered around a set of new standards (COG, STAC, Zarr, COPC) focused on cloud-based access. The grassroots movement shares the mission of OGC – making location information Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR) – but leverages the cloud to radically simplify the effort needed to make geospatial data FAIR.
Cloud-native geospatial offers many benefits to location data users ranging from decreasing the burden on data providers, to drastically lowering the costs of managing that data. Once the data is in the right cloud-native geospatial formats then it’s easy to tap into a rich ecosystem of platforms and tools without having to download large data files. This also increases the applicability of cloud-scale tools, and magnifies the impact of geospatial insights to a solution.
For many years, OGC has been working on numerous aspects of the entire ecosystem of location data in cloud environments. The cloud ecosystem is more than just the platform in which the data lives and is operated upon, but also includes: the algorithms to process information; interfaces between both humans and machines; formats to store and retrieve information; the security regime for content and access; business operations and revenue models to sustain the environments; regulatory oversight which may impact what enters or leaves the cloud; and much, much more.